Health Risks of Natural Gas

In a new article for the Journal of Lancaster General Hospital (Fall 2017), Dr. Alan S. Petersen outlines the health problems that shale gas (methane) extraction causes, including cancer, infant mortality and child respiratory issues.

 

You can read the entire article here.

Petersen writes, "methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants in driving climate change in the first 20 years after it is emitted. Second, many of the toxic air pollutants from oil and gas are linked to increased risks of cancer and respiratory disorders, as well as to other medical conditions."

To everyone--who doesn't understand or acknowledge the science--who argues that natural gas is a safe "bridge energy source" until sustainable energy methods are developed, this is a powerful counter argument.